Saturday, August 30, 2014

14-15 staff picks | andrea loewen

The next in our series of staff picks for the 2014-2015 season is our Communications Manager Andrea Loewen.


There is an immediacy and excitement that comes from our staged readings, I can't wait to see this story given that treatment.  Plus, it's the first play our of our Working With playwriting group to make it into our season!


This play is brutal and captivating.  Parts of it will be difficult to watch, but the depth of character and story that it takes you through is going to be amazing.  Plus I am in love with the artists on this one!


I love a good intellectual conversation, and this play takes two titans of thought and pits them against each other.  Plus, we get John Emmet Tracy and Ron on stage together again!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

your pt guide to the vancouver fringe festival

As usual, the Vancouver Fringe Festival's calendar is full of PT artists doing their thing!  Here is your PT-friendly guide.


Canadian Comedy Award Winning Sketch troupe Peter n' Chris are back with a brand new, hilarious, wild-west adventure! These festival favs have earned several Best of Fest awards nationally and internationally, gaining a following for their hysterical, inventive and physical sketch comedy style. Peter n' Chris also write for CBC's The Irrelevant Show.

Co-written and performed by Peter Carlone (THE FOREIGNER).

JESUS MADE ME FUNNY by Craig Erickson

An insurance salesman, fearful of slipping into a mid-life crisis, becomes increasingly convinced and inspired that God wants him to be a stand-up comedian, and perhaps even the next big reality TV superstar.

Written and performed by Craig Erickson (LEAVE OF ABSENCE).

MY BEAUTIFUL MONSTER by Stephanie Elgersma

Annie was raised to be sexually pure until she was married. But when she still hasn't met anyone by the age of 30, she starts to question what she believes, and if stifling her sexual instincts actually may have done more harm than good. Adapting Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Stephanie weaves a story of delight, shame, curiosity, and grace.

Written and performed by Stephanie Elgersma (THE GREAT DIVORCE).

THE CHARIOT CITIES by Harrison Mooney (music by Bryan Binnema)

Johnny Cash. Janis Joplin. Jim Morrison. A life on the road takes its toll on people-watch what it does to an entire family. The Chariot Cities follows the drug addled, lovelorn lives of the Stackhouse family; folk icon and father Jack, his legendary sweetheart Wendy, and their kids: up-and-comer Julian and his indy-rock sister Beata, in a desperate quest to heal their past, define their present, and find harmony in the midst of a pivotal family disaster.

Featuring Jeff Gladstone (MEASURE FOR MEASURE), Steven Greenfield (THE SPITFIRE GRILL), and stage managed by Lois Dawson (ESPRESSO).

LITTLE ONE by Hannah Misovitch

Joanna Maratta Award and Cultchivating the Fringe Award winners, Alley Theatre (Tape, Wicked Shorts, Mrs. Warren's Profession), return with a suburban horror. Aaron's a good kid. His adopted sister Claire's a monster. After years in an asylum-she's back. "Is she saying she's going to kill me, out of love?" An utterly frightening tale of life with a sociopath. Part of the brand-new Fringe Dramatic Works Series.

Featuring Daniel Arnold (HOW TO WRITE A NEW BOOK FOR THE BIBLE).

...DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING by Beverley Elliott

Thanked by Clint Eastwood, snubbed by Tony Danza, now plays Granny on ABC's cult hit Once Upon a Time, over 100 film/tv/theatre credits, Vancouver's beloved Beverley Elliott takes us on an irreverent autobiographical jaunt from small town Ontario to gay bars and red carpets. A show for anyone trying to stumble through life with humour and a little grace.

Directed by Kerry Sandomirsky (COMMUNION).

DIRTY OLD WOMAN by Loretta Seto

Is finding true love impossible for a divorced woman in her 50s? After trying to date older men in their 60s, Nina meets Gerry, an exciting man 20 years her junior. When they begin a relationship, the sparks fly in more ways than one. Unexpected judgments, surprising turns, and double standards are exposed in this funny and revealing play.

Featuring Robert Salvador (ESPRESSO), Emmelia Gordon (MEASURE FOR MEASURE), and Alison Kelly (MEASURE FOR MEASURE).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

14-15 staff picks | frank nickel

Continuing our series of staff picks for next season, here are the top three shows our Business and Production Manager Frank Nickel is looking forward to next season!


For me, its a classic tale with a twist and its been a while since we've had a proper PT produced Christmas show!


The design team and acting company are both amazing - powerhouse team for this one.


The script, the director, the actors... can't get more pacific theatre than that.

Monday, August 25, 2014

ice bucket challenge

Our friends at Off Key Improv (performing in SIDESHOW this year) challenged our Communications Manager Andrea Loewen to represent us in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  She donated, got dunked, and then got dunked again due to technical difficulties.  Here's the video.

The challenge has been passed along to our friends at the Vancouver Fringe Festival - specifically, David Jordan, Shantini Klassen, and Cara Norrish!

Friday, August 22, 2014

14-15 staff picks | alison chisholm

We're starting a new series featuring staff picks for the coming season, with everyone giving the top three shows they are most excited for next season, and a sentence or two about why.  We'll start with our Operations Manager and Producer Alison Chisholm!


It is such a poignant story about freedom and what it means to be free, and the cast … oh, the cast. I cannot begin to express how excited I am to have Tom Pickett back on our stage alongside Carl Kennedy and Giovanni Mocibob.


I saw this production at Rosebud Theatre just over a year ago now, and walked out with only one thought in mind: “We have to put this on at Pacific Theatre.” Nathan’s portrayal of The Librarian who decides to embark on this unexpected journey was so honest and visceral that I felt like I was leaning in over coffee to hear all the secrets my friend was sharing. Truly one of the most engaging solo shows I have ever seen.


This production should have been in our season three years ago. As far as I am concerned, there is no better venue for this intimate dialogue between Freud and C.S. Lewis than the PT stage. After dealing with struggles of getting rights to this show, I am so thrilled to finally share this show with the Pacific Theatre audience.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

13-14 donor report

The donor report from the 2013-2014 season is ready!  Donors will be receiving this directly, but of course everyone is welcome to see the incredible impact our donors had on our 30th anniversary season.

Click the preview image, or HERE to get the full PDF of the report.

aug 15 & 16 | socrates 2nd wife | the playground series

This week's Playground Series show is a staged reading of local actor Simon Webb's new script (you saw him in MEASURE FOR MEASURE last January), SOCRATES' 2ND WIFE.  Produced by and featuring past apprentice Kirsty Provan!

A May/September marriage, the death of the world's greatest philosopher, and a rehearsal gone horribly wrong, all fall into play in a newly penned, wickedly delightful one-act comedy by local theatre veteran Simon Webb.

Featuring Simon Webb, Kirsty Provan, Richard Newman, Ryan McDonald, Rene Bucciarelli, Paul Kloegman, and Philip Miguel.

August 15th and 16th at 8PM.

Tickets can be purchased at-door (PWYC), or online ($10) at

Monday, August 11, 2014

gallery 7 audition schedule

Our friends at Gallery 7 Theatre in Abbotsford have announced their audition schedule for the coming season. Some great shows coming up, including one of our favourites, SHADOWLANDS.

General Audition: September 3, 2014
Call Backs: September 4, 2014

General Audition: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Call Backs: Saturday, October 18, 2014

General Audition: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Call Backs: Saturday, November 22, 2014

General Audition: Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Call Backs: Saturday, February 21, 2015

Auditions and call-backs will be held at our new office & rehearsal hall at Huntington Station, #100 - 34595 3rd Ave, Abbotsford.

For details on what's involved, including rehearsal schedules, character break-downs, responsibilities and more, please check out our Actor's Orientation Package.

To register please email us at or give us a call at 604-504-5940. When you register, please include your full name, gender, age range (child, youth, adult) and phone number.

the tolkien-lewis new play project | progress | WE MADE IT!

This summer we are running and Indiegogo campaign to support Ron in writing a new play about the friendship between JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.  Here's our progress so far!

5+100+50+100+75+50+15+40+5+100+75+100+500+500+40+40+75+15+500+100+100+40+100+40+40+ 100+100+75+40+40+25+100+15+40+45+2 anonymous donations = $3,455

WE DID IT!!!  Thank you so much to everyone who has given.  The campaign will stay live until Friday, so feel free to check it out.  We have some fantastic perks, and every dollar helps!

Check out the campaign page, there are some pretty cool perks up there, perfect for the Tolkien or Lewis nerd among us, as well as anyone who wants to get in on the playwriting process.

WE HAVE ANNOUNCED OUR STRETCH GOALS!  Seeing as we are a stone's throw away from our initial goal and there is a lot more to do, we came up with some stretch goals AND new perks to reflect the second stage of writing and workshopping, up to production.

Then friend or follow Ron's playwriting persona on Facebook here.